It's only fitting that the famed "Tree" is Stanford's mascot. The Aztecs felt like they were playing against some trees in the second round of the Women's NCAA Tournament. Stanford's size was the difference in their 77-49 victory over San Diego State.
"One through five that's the biggest team we'ver ever played," said Aztecs guard Jene Morris.
Stanford used that size advantage to dominate in every phase. The Cardinal outrebounded the Aztecs by 25, and outscored them in the paint by 38.
"That size was the difference," said Aztecs center Paris Johnson. "It kept us from getting in sync offensively."
Freshman Nnemkadi Ogwumike had a career night for Stanford with 27 points and 13 rebounds. The Cardinal led by 12 at the half, and blew it open in the second half.
Morris led the Aztecs with 14 points, as their season ended with a 24-8 record.
"It was a great experience for a young team," said Head Coach Beth Burns.
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With just one senior in the starting lineup, it's safe to say the best is yet to come for the Aztecs.